An introduction to philosophy of education


An introduction to philosophy of education

Robin Barrow and Ronald Woods

Routledge, 2022 [i.e. 2021]

5th ed, rev. by Robin Barrow

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This introductory text, now in its fifth edition, is a classic in its field. It shows, first and foremost, the importance of philosophy in educational debate and as a background to any practical activity such as teaching. What is involved in the idea of educating a person or the idea of educational success? What are the criteria for establishing the optimum balance between formal and informal teaching techniques? How trustworthy is educational research? In addition to these questions, which strike to the heart of the rationale for the educative process as a whole, the authors explore such concepts as culture, creativity, autonomy, indoctrination, needs, interests, and learning by discovery. Updates to this edition include new chapters on religious education and moral education, as well as questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.


  • 1 On reading this book.
  • 2 Thinking about the educational system.
  • 3 What is it to be human?
  • 4 Do we need schools?
  • 5 Needs and interests.
  • 6 The concept of education.
  • 7 Knowledge: what is worth studying?
  • 8 Curriculum theory.
  • 9 Religion and religious education.
  • 10 Morality and moral education.
  • 11 Indoctrination.
  • 12 Rationality.
  • 13 Critical thinking and other skills.
  • 14 Freedom and autonomy.
  • 15 Relativism: the challenge to reason.
  • 16 Creativity.
  • 17 Multiculturalism and racism.
  • 18 Culture.
  • 19 Research into teaching.
  • 20 Conclusion: theory and practice.

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  • ISBN
    • 9780367637361
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  • 出版地
    New York
  • ページ数/冊数
    xi, 251 p.
  • 大きさ
    23 cm
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